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Atlantis Architects is a small architectural firm located at 4117 Guadalupe St., Austin Texas

Founded by Derek Barcinski. Recent work includes single family homes, remodels and small commercial projects, Atlantis Architects is a full service firm with an Architectural License in Texas. We have been involved in the site planning, architectural design, construction observation, interior design and landscaping on a number of our projects. Our portfolio includes work in Arizona, California, Montana and Texas. A 1984 graduate of Rice University, Derek worked with Cambridge Seven, Moshe Safdie, Graham Gund and Paul Lamb prior to founding Atlantis Architects.

Where We Work

TEXAS: Greenlee Kitchen - Austin ~ Writing Studio - Tarrytown ~ Falling Brook Remodel - Austin ~ Bryker Woods Remodel - Austin ~ Cove Road House - San Angelo ~ Wolflin Kitchen Remodel - Amarillo ~ Edgwater Residence - Amarillo ~ Rollingwood Kitchen Remodel - Austin ~ Porch + Pool Addition - Rollingwood ~ Windsong Trail House - WestLake Hills ~ Watersmark House - Austin ~ Hudson Bend Lakehouse - Lake Travis ~ Guadalupe Recording Studio - Austin ~ Helping Hand Home for Children - Austin ~ Shaesby Jewelry Designs - Austin ~ Historic Renovation - Hyde Park - Austin ~ Vino Vino Wine Bar - Austin ~ Timberline Remodel - Rollingwood ~ Barton Creek House - Austin ~ Milkshake Media - Hyde Park ~ Velayos Photography - Bryker Woods

CALIFORNIA: Ross Kitchen Remodel ~ Novoto Residence ~ Recording Studio - San Diego

MONTANA: VSR Horse Barn - Stevensville ~ VSR Residence - Stevensville ~ Rey Residence - Hamilton

COLORADO: Morningstar Cabin - Colombine

ARIZONA: Bertrand Street Residence - Flagstaff ~ Crater House - Flagstaff

NEW MEXICO: Casitas at Ojo Caliente Hot Springs ~ McCurdy School Master Plan

What We Do

We visit the site ~ We listen to the client ~ We think about the context ~ We think about the environment - both locally and globally ~ We try to think of ideas that you have not seen before ~ We strive for a fit between users, house and site ~ We form a team ~ We draw and dream a little ~ We detail and refine ~ We learn from builders and tradespeople ~ We try to keep current ~ We keep an eye on the budget ~ We follow consultants advice

We have fun

How We Work

Atlantis Architects began in 1989 to create hand crafted houses using local materials and earth friendly strategies for owners who cared deeply about their surroundings. Every effort is made to get to know the clients, the site and their needs before any drawing begins. As early as possible in the project, we work to assemble a team of owners, builders and consultants all pulling in the same direction. The team works together during all phases of the design process to create a home which will meet the owners' needs, wishes and budget.

The design process in our office has four phases.

Schematic design is the first phase where we flush out many ideas, often disparate and fanciful, in order to settle upon a single scheme to pursue in greater detail. The second phase is design development where the agreed upon scheme is enhanced, refined and defined. Often this is a good opportunity to gather cost information and interview critical trades and bidders.

When the project meets the owners' scope / budget and the feed back is positive, the project moves to the next phase, construction documents, where major elements of the project are dimensioned detailed, and specified. Drawings, schedules and specifications are part of the contract document package put together for every project. Consultants added to the team at this phase often include structural engineers, lighting consultant, landscapers and interior designers. Finally the project moves into the final phase, construction observation. During this phase, we are intimately involved with the job site and its progress. Most, misinterpretations (and subsequent tensions / costs) can be avoided by a site meeting. Often new opportunities are discovered as the project goes from paper to actual materials.

Our fee for this work typically ranges between six and twelve percent of the final construction cost of the home with a tendency toward the lower end. Clear design direction and a well-assembled team are key to keeping the fees in-line. We invoice once monthly and all billing is base on the number of staff hours spent each month. Consultant fees are in addition to these rates. Direct expenses such as travel costs, printing and supplies are added to each invoice at cost. No time is charged to the client for out-of-town travel time so that the owners' costs are very similar to hiring a local architect. We like to work in different parts of the country and try to make that feasible for all involved.


Atlantis Architects

4117 Guadalupe St. Studio B
Austin, Tx 78751

P: (512) 452-7800

H: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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